Trapped by Sin

 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
—John 15:5

I love the story of David and Goliath. Goliath, nine-feet-six-inches of solid muscle, came down to the Valley of Elah to face off with young David.

He saw David with his slingshot and effectively said, “What am I, a dog that you come at with a stick?”

But David replied, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45 NLT).

Then David started running toward Goliath. I love that. David didn’t simply hold his ground; he gained ground. Then he whipped that sling around, building momentum, and let the stone fly like a guided missile.

That stone planted itself into Goliath’s forehead, and he collapsed to the ground with a tremendous thud. David walked over, pulled out Goliath’s sword, and cut off his head.

That is how you face the giant of sin in your life. You have to call it out, and you have to cut off its head. You were trapped by sin before you were a Christian. But then one day you came to Christ. You know what God can do and has done for you.

But then you walk back into your old, sinful patterns, and you’re miserable. That’s because you’re trying to live in two worlds. You have too much of the Lord to be happy in the world and too much of the world to be happy in the Lord.

So how do you get out of that place? Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NLT). You don’t have to be a slave of sin. No giant should be overpowering you or taunting you. You can live in the victory that Jesus purchased for you on the cross.

Personal Life: Accountability to God

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And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.—Hebrews 9:27

It was the belief in the accountability of man to his maker that made America a great nation. Among those earlier leaders was Daniel Webster whose blazing eyes and fiery oratory often held the Senate spellbound. In those days the Congress was composed of strong, noble statesmen who carried the weight of the nation in their hearts and minds.

Someone asked: “Mr. Webster, what do you consider the most serious thought that has ever entered your mind?”

“The most solemn thought that has ever entered my mind is my accountability to my maker,” he replied.

Men like that cannot be corrupted and bought. They do not have to worry if someone listens to their telephone calls. What they were in character and in deportment resulted from their belief that they would finally be accountable to God. Echoes from Eden, 130.

“Lord, help me to live my life today in such a way that, should You call me tonight to stand before You and give account, I would have nothing of which I would need to be ashamed. Amen.”